AKIPRESS.COM - “We want to support the countries of Central Asia in becoming first and foremost more resilient. This means strengthening societies, independent media, opening space for civil society, reinforcing the rule of law and good governance, combating corruption, and empowering young people and women in particular,” EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini said at a joint press point with Foreign Minister Chingiz Aidarbekov.
“We will continue to support the economic reforms and the modernization of the countries, including of a strong investment in the private sector. We also remain a key supporter of the accession of all Central Asian states to the World Trade Organization,” she added.
The European Union will also continue to work on connectivity in particular to further connect two regions, to enhance links within Central Asia itself.
Peace in Afghanistan is in center of cooperation between the EU and Central Asia. This also requires an active support of the international community and the European Union is extremely involved in trying an Afghan owned and led peace process. Integrating Afghanistan in relevant regional meetings, programmes and projects, as appropriate, will therefore remain a priority in the joint work.
“Central Asia is a part of the world where the European Union can and will continue to have a positive impact, in full cooperation with our partners, in a very respectful, clear and transparent manner,” she concluded